The military said Thursday it rescued 33 hostages from Boko Haram terror group in northeastern Nigeria.
In a written statement, Nigerian Army spokesman Texas Chukwu said an operation was carried out against Boko Haram in Damboa and Bama local government areas of Borno that resulted in the recovery of the hostages. Chukwu said among the rescued hostages were 12 women and 13 children; six members of the Boko Haram were also neutralized. Over 2 million people have been displaced and close to 20,000 killed in the violent campaign in the region that started in 2009. More than 200 people killed in weekend violence in central Nigeria
More than 200 people were killed last weekend in violence in central Nigeria's Plateau state, the state governor said late on Tuesday.The latest death toll, up from the police's previous figure of 86 killed, makes the violence one of the bloodiest incidents this year in a series of escalating communal clashes across much of Nigeria's hinterland states.The attack "is very disturbing and alarming because it has left behind a painful loss of over 200 people," Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau state, said at a press conference with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.The governor also noted the humanitarian challenge "confronting thousands of displaced persons, whose houses and crops have burnt and completely destroyed."Attacks like that at the weekend are broadly attributed to a decades-old cycle of conflict between farmers and semi-nomadic herders that is partly due to competition for arable land.That has taken on ethnoreligious tones, with violence often attributed to herders from the Fulani ethnic group, most of whom are Muslim, and Christian farmers from other tribes.The violence in Nigeria's diverse Middle Belt states has now killed more people this year than the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria's northeast, according to Reuters calculations.Insecurity has become a major electoral problem for President Muhammadu Buhari, who plans to seek re-election in February and who won power on pledges to deliver peace and stability
Nigeria fires police chief following weekend killings
Nigeria fired the police chief in central Plateau State following weekend killings of 86 people in the latest violence between herders and farming communities in the agrarian belt.Police headquarters in the capital Abuja said Plateau police commissioner Undie Adie has been redeployed and replaced with Bala Ciroma, a top shot from the criminal investigation and intelligence department.The killings were reportedly a reprisal for the alleged killing of some Fulani herders and stealing or killing of cows allegedly by local Berom tribesmen. The latter were the major victims of the weekend killing, again prompting reprisals and heavy security deployments.President Muhammadu Buhari visited Plateau, condemning the violence and calling on communities to embrace peace. Buhari said arrests have been made in connection with the killing.“It is important that we ensure that there is justice. I want you to be sure that we will do so, we will make sure that those who have been arrested are duly prosecuted and that others who are engaged in this heinous conduct are also arrested and prosecuted,” he said.“The National Emergency Management Agency will be providing relief materials to communities affected by Plateau killings. The $28 million fund approved recently for rehabilitation of farms and farming communities will also be made available to Plateau.”Police said on Tuesday it has heightened security in the troubled area.